Flight Centre Corporate Build, Fiji
17th August - 24th August 2019
In 2018 living in Australia, it is sometimes easy to forget that many of our closest neighbours in the Pacific live without many of the basic comforts that we sometimes take for granted. Paramount among these is a simple roof over our head, a bed to sleep on – a place to be with family – a house and a home. The Corporoos are passionate about making a difference in our local and global communities to do our part in ensuring a safe place to live for all.
Corporate Australia have partnered with Habitat for Humanity Australia to send a group of Corporate Australian staff to mainland Fiji from 18-23 August 2019 to take part in a build activity for the local community. Habitat for Humanity Australia (HFHA) is a not-for-profit organisation that builds homes and hope. HFHA works to alleviate global poverty by partnering families with volunteers and local tradespeople to build their own home. This is a completely unique way to combine your travels with a corporate social responsibility initiative as many families in Fiji are still coping with the devastation and destruction left by Cyclone Winston.
Since Habitat for Humanity began working in Fiji in 1981, over 1,000 families on the island have been served. Habitat for Humanity Fiji not only builds much-needed homes, but also helps in disaster response and prevention, provides water and sanitation facilities to help improve health, and works on projects to enable people with disabilities.
The number of people in Fiji living in substandard housing is on the rise, and already stands at 140,000. Over the next 15 years, there is an expected need of more than 30,000 new homes. Poverty continues to be a problem in Fiji. While official statistics estimate that 31% of people live in poverty, the local social services council are under the impression that 60% would be a more accurate statistic.
As housing prices are too high for many, families have no choice but to live in accommodation without running water, sanitation facilities, rubbish disposal facilities or electricity. Habitat for Humanity Fiji allows families to take out loans that are minor and do not create a burden of debt upon the family, but allow them to obtain a home that they would alternatively have no method of acquiring. Families play a part in building their new homes for themselves to drive down costs, and their loan repayments are then used to build homes for other families in need.
Sunday 18th August 2019:
Meet your team in Nadi and get to know each other over a welcome dinner
Discover the local sights with your team and meet the Habitat Fiji staff at a welcome to Fiji orientation session
Monday 19th August 2019:
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety orientation for the first day of building
Tuesday 20th – Thursday 22th August 2019:
Full days of building with your teammates
Friday 23th August 2019:
Final day of building, hand over ceremony and dedication of the new home to your partner family
Saturday 24th August 2019:
Depart for home or further adventures – many of our volunteers combine a build with travel to other overseas destinations
- Minimum Donation Contribution: $2,250 (All donations over $2 are tax deductible and goes towards the home you are building and impacts more families through a wider program in the Asia Pacific.)
- Deposit: $200
- Build Week Costs: $750-$950 twin share depending on accommodation, meals, transfers and domestic travel requirements
- Registration deadline: 15th June 2019
- Fundraising contribution deadline: 20th July 2019
What’s included in your build week costs:
- Twin share accommodation (single accommodation available at an additional cost)
- All meals Monday – Friday
- Bottled water on the build site
- Return airport transfers
- Transport to and from site each day
- Local sightseeing activities as per itinerary
- Support from your team leader, Habitat for Humanity Australia and Habitat for Humanity Fiji
- Personal fundraising webpage and access to fundraising resources
- Local host coordinator and translator
- Welcome orientation
- All necessary building materials and safety equipment
- Dedication and home handover ceremony with partner family
- 24 hour in-country support
- Insurance while on the build site
- Flights (Habitat can help advise the best flights for you through our partners at Flight Centre’s Travel Club)
- Travel Insurance
What will I be doing?
During the week you will have the opportunity to work side by side with disadvantaged families who after one week will receive a home ready (or near ready) to move into. You’ll work with a team of like-minded volunteers, home partner families and local labourers to help construct a new home for a family living in poverty. No prior experience is required, and there is a job for every skill and fitness level. You might be mixing concrete, digging trenches or painting. By working alongside a family, you give them an opportunity to be independent and have healthier, happier, more secure futures. Plus, you can also use your one day volunteer leave for this volunteer opportunity.
How does it all work?
Participation and fundraising is up to the individual. Air and land arrangements will be approximately $1,500 and are an individual investment. Individuals will book their own air travel, insurance and any visas or vaccinations to arrive on 18th August 2019 and depart evening of 23rd August onward. (You can arrive on Saturday 17 or Sunday 18th August. You may leave Friday night 23rd August however Saturday 24th preferred).
Habitat for Humanity Australia will arrange the hotel (twin share, single supp. avail.) and ground transfers to and from the build site each day as well as a visit to a local community project. At this stage, I’ve been advised the build site will be in the vicinity of Nadi. As a heads up the hotels are normally at a 3 or 4 star standard.
Need more info?
Please leave your contact details and we will send you an information pack on this volunteer experience.
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